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Memphis Grizzlies Majority Owner Michael Heisley visited The Chris Vernon Show (730 Fox Sports) Monday August 23, 2010. Mr. Heisley spoke with Chris Vernon about his decision making with the Xavier Henry contract situation, the Xavier Henry contract situation, the Xavier Henry contract situation, and the Xavier Henry contract situation. This podcast features only audio from Chris Vernon's interview with Memphis Grizzlies Majority Owner Michael Heisley on Monday August 23, 2010.

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  • Carlos

    Knicks fan here so I don’t care much about the inner workings of the Grizzlies, but damn that was a great interview, actually hear the whole thing. I think this owner is great for his passion in his team. I loved that he got pissed off when questioned about his methods on running his team. I want Heisley running my team.

    Aug 24, 2010 at 12:16 am
  • Brazilian fan

    Damn, Heisley is a moron! Sell the franchise to someone with a IQ bigger than 10!

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:40 am
  • EZ

    This sounds like a radio personality being overly antagonistic about relatively petty things with an owner that is finally turning the team around.

    Grizzlies had a great season last year, and the only reason the team finished like it did was because the West is so strong. They would have been a 5-6 seed in the East and could probably have given the Hawks a good run in a playoff series.

    As far as the Henry contract, I don’t get where the host’s indignation comes from. An owner finally tries to reign in guaranteed contracts not based on performance and that’s bad because, what, it looks bad to everyone else? I’m sure the Knicks would love to have a performance based contract for Eddie Curry. I don’t it’s not the same because Curry was a free agent but if performance based contracts were more the norm in the NBA rather than the exception it’d probably be easier to negotiate such things in free agency.

    Are you really worried that rookies will be praying not to be drafted by the Grizzlies? My return question would be why do you want the team to draft a rookie that’s not planning to perform up to the expectations of his draft slot, but wants to be paid accordingly? I’m sure the Raiders would be ecstatic right now if JaMarcus Russell had performance clauses in that giant contract of his.

    Aug 24, 2010 at 9:37 am
  • Nick Stone

    “Damn, Heisley is a moron! Sell the franchise to someone with a IQ bigger than 10! ”

    Well, that would eliminate Chris Vernon as a potential owner.

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:10 pm
  • Jason E. Memphis

    “Hakim Warwick.” That’s high comedy. That’s crazy.

    Also gotta love the way Heisley breaks into a old-time street thug accent when he gets heated.

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm
  • theFan

    very interesting interview. Michael Heisley is a good sport for putting up with Vernon’s antics and antagonizing questions. The owner isn’t the most articulate at making his point, but IMO, he’s conducting his business as he should. There is nothing wrong with his decisions to stand firm in the contract negotiations. In fact, I think more owners should do the same and have performance clauses in their rookie contracts. I’m not a huge fan of the Rudy Gay signing (way too much IMO), but he’s doing what he thinks is the best for the franchise, and that’s his job.

    Aug 24, 2010 at 1:54 pm
  • John

    i liked the interview - it had a good vibe; the host was pushing and the guest was pushing back. however, i do not know if most ppl noticed how the owner answered everything thrown at him. all the “for instance” and “for example” situations were solved in such a manner that showed true inside information. i was disappointed that the host was not better prepared - give some names, some quotes on the situation man. have someone back you up instead of making up questions that took 15 min. to assemble on google. everyone could have searched the memphis situation, but there was little information the host brought to the discussion that is not easily found on the web. still, i give props to the interviewer for pushing the note. it takes balls to do that and not be afraid you are burning bridges behind you.

    Aug 24, 2010 at 2:25 pm
  • Kevin Roberts

    I like this guy (Heisley). I like Verno. It’s a draw.

    Aug 24, 2010 at 3:09 pm
  • W.Diesel

    Vernon is not very good as an interviewer. When Heisley answers his questions and he realizes “damn he makes a good point” he tries to switch around what he originally asked. I have no problems with what Heisley is now doing as long as the performance requirements are achievable.

    Aug 25, 2010 at 12:51 am
  • James

    Uh I uh got uh lost uh with uh all uh the uh uh’s uh that uh he uh said uh. Come on Heisley you are making how much a year off the Grizzlies? Hire somebody to help with your speaking abilities.

    Aug 25, 2010 at 1:58 pm
  • Daniel

    It hurts me to see that someone would listen to this and actually want this individual running their team. It’s not about passion at all for Heisley, but since you are a Knicks fan and are not emotionally invested in the Memphis Grizzlies, it doesn’t really seem like you understand where the true fan is coming from. While perhaps antagonistic, the questions that Chris asked certainly cut to the heart of the issue here, which is that Heisley runs the team like a business, which it is, but has clearly made some serious bonehead moves. And yes, “Hakim Warwick” is absolutely hilarious. There is no way to know certain details of what goes on in the front office because we are only allowed certain pieces of information given to us by the media and what they can pry from their “sources”. My hat is off to you Mr. Vernon… May he be grilled until his flesh can no longer handle the criticisms of the true Memphis Grizzlies fans, and he retires.

    Aug 25, 2010 at 6:10 pm
  • rtblues

    Major idiot. Isn’t qualified to be the team’s janitor. Then he admits he is not familiar with the CBA. FAIL!

    Sep 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm